The Two-Part Brain Model
One of the first steps in beginning your journey of healing is understanding the way your brain works. Most of us think that our brain is just one individual thing. In reality, our brains are made up of multiple parts, and one of your primary goals is to get the different parts of your brain to work together effectively.
Think of your brain like an orchestra. An orchestra has different sections: the violins, the flutes, the trumpets. Each of these sections has an important part to play in a performance, but they have to work together in order to make music. If the violins are out of tune or the flutes play faster than the other instruments, things will fall apart. The same is true of your brain: the different parts need to work together.
Your brain has three main parts:
- The reptilian brain
- The limbic system
- The neocortex
In our discussion here, we’ll focus on two parts: the limbic system and one specific area of the neocortex, the prefrontal cortex.